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Iowa History Daily:

Iowa History Daily: On July 25, 1867, world-famous painter Alexander Rummler was born in Dubuque. Best known for his painting of the armistice ending World War I, the artist also painted many murals and other well-loved works of art.

During an eastern Iowa childhood Rummler attended private schools in Dubuque. Rummler moved to New York City to study at Art Students League of New York at nineteen before going on to study at Académie Julian in Paris, France, with Jean-Paul Laurens.

For years Rummler perfected his craft as an Impressionist painter, but also painted a variety of advertising billboards and commissioned murals. His big break came when Waterman’s Fountain Pens utilized his painting of the World War I Armistice in a nationwide billboard campaign.

Later in life, Rummler found himself working on the murals project for the New Deal era Works Progress Administration. Rummler’s murals for the WAP focused on depicting life in the towns where he worked. Most notably, he painted sixteen murals and eight panels in the community of Norwalk, Connecticut. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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